By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune
---- — KEWANNA — Police on Tuesday found a man they’d been chasing all day hiding in a rural Fulton County home.
Westly B. Winn, 34, Lucerne, was arrested at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday after a daylong manhunt. Officers of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Cass County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police found him hiding in a residential garage.
Winn was arrested on a felony charge for residential entry and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief, a press release from the Indiana State Police said.
Tuesday morning, Cass County Sheriff’s Department officers were preparing to attempt a traffic stop on a vehicle Winn was driving when he fled on sight of an officer, said Det. Dale Campbell of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.
An ongoing investigation had led to the traffic stop, he said. Winn is a person of interest in thefts in the northern part of the county involving scrap metal and other items.
Winn drove the vehicle into a cornfield near Fulton County Roads 950 South and 600 West. After Winn drove into the field, he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, the release said.
Around 4:46 p.m., the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department received information that Winn had been picked up by a passing motorist and dropped off near a home at 8598 S. Fulton County Road 350 West. The person who picked Winn up was not aware police were pursuing him, the press release said.
Officers from each agency went to the residence and received permission from the homeowner to search the property. Officers located Winn hiding under a car in an attached garage.
After refusing officers’ verbal commands to come out from under the car, an Indiana State Police dog, Zeke, was deployed, Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum said. Winn was taken into custody after the dog was deployed. Officers do not believe the homeowner knew Winn was hiding in the garage, the release said.
Winn was transported to Woodlawn Hospital for a dog bite to his calf. He was later transported to the Fulton County Jail.
Investigation into the thefts is ongoing, Campbell said. If anyone noticed thefts from their property or barns in the northern part of county, Campbell asks they call 574-753-7807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or email@example.com.